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[gavel] supervisor mar: come to order. that afternoon, everyone. this is the regular meeting of the land use and economic development committee of the san francisco board of supervisors, and it is monday, november 21, 2011. my name is eric mar. to my right is supervisor malia cohen, and to my left is mr. scott wiener. our clerk is alisa miller.
could you please read? >> items acted upon to they will appear on the december 6 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise indicated. supervisor mar: i want to give props to the sfgtv staff, including carolene, for broadcasting us today. i want to mention we have three items on the agenda. çóñithe main one is a hearing on seniors living in s.r.o., single room occupancy, housing, but the first two items i think we will get through quickly. ms. miller, could you please read item number one? clerk miller: item number one, and ordnance excepting in your bloggable offer for improvements and will probably related to the widening of bay shore boulevard at waterloo street.
>> this is for improvements and land as right of way as part of the development. this is part of the process as they went through the entitlements. this is what they determined they needed in order to widen the sidewalk and provide these improvements in order to finalize their construction. the construction has been completed. it has been determined that these improvements satisfy city standards, and we have this information for the board to accept this at this time. supervisor mar: thank you. let's open this up for public comment. is there anyone who would like to open -- to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we move this without objection? so move. ms. miller, could you please
write -- read item number two. clerk miller: item number two, a resolution approving the execution of a lease agreement. >> good afternoon, chair mar, members of the committee. i have on the overhead a quick look at this property. this is caltrans-owned property. a lease for the now completed development for this property as a dog park, serving rincon and south beach. this is approximately 20,000 square feet. i want to preface my very brief presentation, do not hold me to the standard, because with
future deals, i do not think we will see anything as stellar as this one. this is about half an acre of land, pretty prime area. to give you a sense of value of this land, right on the other side of the freeway, there is a parcel called 333 harrison. a portion of that was recently appraised, about the same size, 20,000 square feet. probably it has a value of between 4000 -- $4,000,000.6000000 dollars. -- $4 million, $6 million. this is before the improvements were made. we are ready to accept the improvements from caltrans, provided to the city by caltrans as part of the retrofit project in the area, said his landscaping project was enhanced a bid to create a community park, rather than just standard landscaping, and its 10-year
lease has one single payment of $5,000 for the ability for the city to use this. this is probably something that should be something around $400,000, $500,000 per year, so it is a pretty good deal for the city. we have in your package a referral, indicating conformance with the plan, and this has been through a citizen advisory process, both the site and the design, and i want to thank personally my colleagues at caltrans, working hard to have this work. it was determined it was in the best interest of the public to create this part on public land, and create a mechanism to have that happen at fairly low cost to the public. supervisor mar: so i see no questions from my colleagues. this is something like getting
it for nothing. it is not suitable for housing, more open space, and you said and 20,000 square foot dog park, that is adjacent to where the ramp is? >> yes, it is. supervisor mar: let's open this up for public comment. is there anyone from the public who would like to speak? seeing none, colleagues, let's move this form without objection. clerk miller: i believe this is going forward as a committee report. supervisor mar: without objection. ms. miller, please call item no. 3. clerk miller: item number three, an issue faced by seniors living in a single room occupancy. supervisor mar: thank you. i want to thank the community- based organizations and a lot of the department's staff that have worked really hard in ensuring that we have dignity and decent
living conditions for people to live in our single room occupancy or sr no -- sro occupancy. their housing needs throughout the city. i want to thank christina olague, especially for her hard work on behalf of the senior action network. i also wanted to thank maria guillen and another. the organizations have been tireless hours in this, with a chinatown sro collaborative, and also folks from the in-house support consortium, but also many, many others, as well. the city, as many of you know and from previous studies, needs to develop strategies across departments to reduce the isolation, make buildings safer, and provide the elderly and
disabled greater access to more resources and better housing. i should say that i am a baby boomer, of born at the edge of the baby boom. i think if it is from 1946 and 1964, and some say that the baby boomers are going to be the senior boomers in a short 20 to 30 years, and many of us already are, and studies we have done in the city, like one year ago, i worked with organizations to look carefully at aging in place and housing it upgrades to improve accessibility and housing needs for seniors in the city, and the study looked at the demographics of the population and showed tremendous needs. also, our city is not keeping up with housing production, particularly for the lowest income in the city. i know supervisor wiener is working to make sure the we have
housing for lower and middle income, as well, but for those at the extreme bottom of income levels, especially seniors and those with disabilities, we are looking at a pretty serious crisis with not having anywhere near enough housing and decent housing for people who are seniors and disabled. i also wanted to say that the goal of this hearing today, and it has been actually over one year of work that the sro collaborative and the greens here have put in looking at strategies and also a concrete a implementations plan for many of the recommendations that come out of the report that was done. i will say that karen babbitt had it done as a tremendous amount of work, as well as those on the adult and aging services and many others, and the sro collaborative, so i want to thank all of them for the very well done report, seniors and
adults, the recommendations. before kind of i call people up, i just want to say that there are quite a few people who are going to be speaking on this, but first we wanted to frame this with a number of speakers, and i will read a list of people and then ask them to come up in this order, so the first is maria guuillen from the department of aging services and karen from the senior action network. then christina olague, and the former president of our planning commission, and then to talk about the steady with photographs and other images, serrie from the tenderloin housing, and one from the action network. then we will hear more about the in-supported services from their survey, as well, and then james from planning for elders and joyce lamb from the
chinatown development center will talk about the discharging of seniors and people with disabilities, followed by lolita issues of homelessness, and lastly, wrapping up with recommendations and next steps from traunch -- josh from the collaborative and christina olague, so that is a number of people, so if i can ask maria guillen 2, . supervisor cohen? -- maria guillen to come up. supervisor cohen? supervisor cohen: thank you. if there is ever a future, another future study that would begin to look at living conditions for seniors and public housing, there are those that know that we of several
housing units in the southeast part of san francisco, so i am interested in what is going on in other areas, like sunnyvale and potrero hill. supervisor mar: thank you for all of the work you have done. >> thank you, supervisor mar. i work with aging and adult services. i am happy to be here today as part of this presentation. i am actually back to returning in areas on aging conference in los angeles, and it was exciting to be among leaders and community activists that i enjoy working with, and they looked at enhancing the quality of life among older adults. it was also encouraging to see that more are integrating services for young adults with disabilities. of course, when i mentioned i work and live in san francisco, many are impressed with this fact.
the city is though magnificently beautiful. i am proud of the work and the purpose of our department on aging and adult services here in san francisco. it has been said that beauty is only skin deep, and if there was no substance, it would be fleeting in shameless vanity on our part. so while visitors to san francisco marvel at our great vistas, residents have another reality, and they know that the hills, coupled with the grand staircase is on many of the older buildings we have can also be a harsh reality for seniors or younger persons -- persons with mobility challenges. perspective. my job is to talk about the work that has been done to include the key collaborative to help focus on ways to enhance the
quality of life of seniors that happened to be living in the single room occupancy hotels. this working group has committed. something should be done and can be done to address the growing population in the sro's. the department coordinate services for adults with disabilities and their families to maximize self-sufficiency so that they may continue to live in the community as long as possible and maintain the highest quality of life. there is a strong probability that it could extend a lot longer than when we first came to the department in 1989.
thanks to the decision of 1999, which determined that states must provide community-based services for persons with disabilities the otherwise might received institutional care, and is then impacted san francisco in david versus the california health and human services lawsuit that was partially settled in 2004, and this helped implement a program that would assist medical people to be in the community, if that was their choice. older adults and younger adults overwhelmingly prefer and expand home and community-based care and services. imagine the welcome news and the big boost to our mission when in july 2006, the mayor and the board of supervisors created a
$3 million funding for the community living fund so that there was some financial support. long-term care and supported services. as the chairman mentioned, and seven under 23,000 in 1990 to 805,000 plus in 2010. this is owing to a 11% growth. what they do statewide or even nationally. this trend is expected to
continue over the next 10 years. the age bracket was the fastest- growing segment in the last two decades, increasing by 34%. these are the elders who are more likely to be in need of long-term care services due to the higher prevalence of chronic illness, dementia, and it self care limitations. aging in place is not only the personal preference for many. it also makes the most economical and social readjust method. what we hope to bring forward today is the questions. even though we are struggling for an aging in place model, what does that mean for those living in an sro? somebody living with the assisted living in the sunset or someone in the excelsior with adult children caring for them, or someone on nob hill with
caregiving. at a conference in l.a., someone shared a comment about aging in place. it goes like this. your food and drink are regarded as fresh the lights, and then you know how to thrive when old. the director of planning at hsa, they partnered to help assess and bring forward recommendations regarding seniors living in sro's. it is important that seniors and young adults are able to live independently in the community,
but we also know that this in itself does not prevent isolation or injury. how will we all work together to make sure that the comfort that was envisioned for aging in place can be more of a reality for all of the san francisco residence? how can we narrowed the sharp contrast? we do not means test for any of the services. however, we are looking at the target services for the most abominable. with that, i will conclude with this anonymous quote. the test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. it is whether we provide enough to those who have little. thank you for your attention.
commissioner torres: thank you. -- supervisor mar: thank you. before christina olague, comes up, if you could turn knock yourself out? >> i want to thank you, supervisors mar, cohen, and wiener for putting this on your agenda. senior action network has received some money to engage in this effort, but the collaborative, the sro collaborative, and the chinatown collaborative did not actually -- they were relying on the funding that they already received, so i want to send out special thanks to the efforts of josh, joyce, abnd -- and serrie.
was highlighted their, it was to support them to age in their own homes. they are providing housing that allows older people to allow -- to remain in the mmunity. however, they do not have the means that because of hazardous physical environments is a particular risk for entering institutions. when the city came out, we were trying to move beyond the findings, and one of the things that senior action network does do is we, along with a couple of
agencies, distribute a housing list, and basically many of the listings on the affordable housing lists are really just sro hotels and waiting lists, and at some point, i can distribute the list so you can see. there is the ambassador hotel, another tell, the civic center, and some of these are cattell's, and region some of these are hotels. -- and some of these are hotels. there are few options as to where they can go next.
so there is rarely immediately available housing for seniors, persons with disabilities on very limited fixed incomes, so sometimes you go to craigslist and 03 other things, but it is very hard to face people when they have desperate housing situations. to be faced with a very high aging population. i believe, supervisor mar, that is when you started taking this on, about one year ago. looking to find solutions to some of the recommendations that
we have identified. the aging in place study has identified, but the study has identified. now we will look for ways that we can find solutions and move towards that. supervisor cohen, we did start to engage recently but the housing rights committee. there are a lot of lower in, seniors living in the public housing unit. we are part of that collaborative. we have talked about it, even
among staff, that once we get more grounding would be a single room occupancy hotels and possibly taking a look at the condition of shelters, the seniors and persons with disabilities, to advocate for those improvements, then we discussed the possibility of having to look at that issue. it is one we cannot continue to ignore. that being said, it is my brief introduction. we were also inspired by the families and a single room occupancy hotel collaborative bear able to focus on families who lived in sro's. we have just scratched the surface, but we are looking to develop something out of this project. that being said, i want to call up joyce, josh, and serrie, and
they would give a quick overview of the neighborhood. supervisor mar: thank you. >> we want to just give you a brief overview of the neighborhood. they are sro's. and we will start with the tenderloin and south of market. supervisor mar: it would be helpful if people can say their organization? >> yes, i am serrie, and i am with a collaborative. supervisor mar: if i can just restate be steady, and it is available on-line. one of the key point is that there are seniors and others who live in the senior occupancy rooms. somewhere around 8000. and then demographics from previous aging in place studies show that the san francisco population, as maria said, is
going to increase significantly in the next 20 years. the senior population is going to go from, what is it? 800,000 -- it is going to increase 90,000 seniors in 20 years, some 90,000 more people 65 and above, that is a 60% increase in the booming population, and the lion's share will be concentrated in the lowest income population, so i think it will show a need for better conditions than sro hotels. >> the south of market and tenderloin, the tenderloin has 208 sro's in the tenderloin.